Canada’s known as an incredibly vast and diverse country, both for its people and its landscape. But when the same 10 places are featured on every “best of” list, it’s hard to believe there’s much more to our country than Niagara Falls and Lake Louise. Our first selection of underrated Canadian landmarks proved that’s not the case, but in case you’ve visited everything on that list, here are 10 more to see.
Della Falls – Strathcona Provincial Park, BC
Located in Vancouver Island’s Strathcona Provincial Park, Della Falls is among the world’s 10 tallest waterfalls. To reach the towering falls, you have to take a boat to the west end of Great Central Lake, before embarking on a full-day hike that follows the old railway grade up the Drinkwater Valley. It might sound like a lot of work, but we promise, a glimpse of water rushing 440 metres down the side of a pine-covered cliff is worth the effort.
Sulphur Mountain – Banff National Park, Alberta
When most people think of Banff, or even the Canadian Rockies, the peaks surrounding the iconic Moraine Lake are often the first thing that comes to mind. But the nearby Sulphur Mountain deserves a little credit, too. To find out why, just hop on the gondola. An eight-minute ride to the viewing platforms at the top of the mountain will provide you with an astounding 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys below.
Point Prim Lighthouse – Prince Edward Island
Once you realize Canada’s bordered by three oceans, it should come as no surprise that the country is home to a stunning collection of lighthouses. Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove gets a lot of praise, but there’s another lighthouse in the Maritimes that’s worth a visit. Prince Edward Island’s Point Prim Lighthouse is the oldest in Canada, and is one of the country’s few round ones. But its age and shape are hardly the only reasons to visit this quaint little landmark. It’s perched at the end of a peninsula that offers stunning views of the Northumberland Strait and Hillsborough Bay.
Castle Butte – Big Muddy Badlands, Saskatchewan
There are certain places in Canada that will make you feel like you’ve left the Great White North, and the Big Muddy Badlands near Bengough, Saskatchewan, is one of them. This part of the province will put you in mind of America’s southwest, but that’s not all it’s known for—the region’s can’t-miss attraction is Castle Butte, a 70-metre-high outcrop of sandstone and compressed clay, which protrudes from the relatively flat Prairie landscape.
Fogo Island Inn – Fogo Island, Newfoundland
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is full of islands, but there’s something special about Fogo Island. It might not be in Trip Advisor’s “Top 10 Things To Do in Newfoundland,” but we can bet that it’s only a matter of time. This small island is quickly gaining notoriety among travellers for the luxurious and eye-catching Fogo Island Inn, especially since the Trudeaus visited. The modern inn, which is situated along Iceberg Alley, was designed by an international architect and sits in stark contrast to the island’s barren, rocky landscape and small fishing communities.
Ouimet Canyon – Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Ontario
This epic gorge, located about 60 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, is 100 metres deep, 150 metres wide, and an astounding 2,000 metres long. Boardwalks and trails lead to various viewing platforms overlooking the canyon, so you can get close to the edge without worrying about slipping. It’s part of Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, which is also home to rare arctic plants and alpine flowers that typically grow 1,000 kilometres north.
SGang Gwaay Llnagaay – Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, BC
On a small island off the west coast of Haida Gwaii sits the village of SGang Gwaay Llnagaay. Here visitors will find the remains of large cedar log houses and carved memorial poles built hundreds of years ago. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the remote island village was occupied until shortly after 1880, when smallpox and other diseases wiped out most of the population. The leftover totem poles and log houses provide insight into Haida culture and how it’s evolved, and hold significant spiritual value for the Haida people today.
Dunes Beach – Sandbanks Provincial Park, Ontario
Prince Edward County gets a lot of attention for its wineries, farmers’ markets, and artisanal cheeses, but it’s also home to an incredible provincial park, and even more stunning beaches. Sandbanks Provincial Park has four beaches in total, but the most underrated might be Dunes Beach, a geological marvel formed ten thousand years ago. Its dunes, which stretch a total of eight kilometres, are known as the world’s largest freshwater baymouth sand barrier. Littered with local fauna, the giant mounds of sand are magnificent to look at, and like Saskatchewan’s Castle Butte, they’ll make you feel like you’ve headed south. This time, however, you’ve hit the tropics.
Botanical Garden – Montreal, Quebec
Designated a National Historic Site in 2008, Montreal’s Botanical Garden is an astounding work of art, and the perfect oasis from the rest of the city. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, touring the city with family, or travelling solo, the garden is a must-visit when you’re in Montreal. With more than 75 hectares of greenhouses and thematic spaces, made up of more than 20,000 different plant species, it’s one of the largest and most beautiful gardens in the world. But our favourite element might be its cultural gardens, which will make you feel as though you’ve travelled to countries like China and Japan.
Mount Thor – Baffin Island, Nunavut
Forget the Rockies—Baffin Island’s Mount Thor boasts the world’s greatest vertical drop at 1,250 metres, with an overhang that averages around 105 degrees. This feature makes it a fairly popular spot among climbers, but because of its remote location, few others get the chance to visit this awe-inspiring landmark. It might be one of the reasons it was nominated as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada, but lost out to classics like the Cabot Trail and Niagara Falls.
(Main photo: Montreal Botanical Garden by AV Dezign)